Music Appreciation 

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Art Appreciation Course Outline

Melody, Harmony, and Scales

Concepts Covered:

  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Intervals
  • Keys and Scales
  • Harmony and Tonality
  • Staff, Clefs, Ledger Lines, Steps, and Accidentals

Rhythm and Meter

Concepts Covered:

  • Time Signature
  • Duration of Notes and Rests
  • Rhythm and Meter
  • Measures and Time Signatures
  • Conducting

Textures and Forms

Concepts Covered:

  • Terms that Describe Texture
  • Musical Form
  • Phrase and Period
  • Motive (Motif)
  • Theme and Variations

Tempo and Dynamics

Concepts Covered:

  • Tempo Measurement
  • Tempo Markings and Changes
  • Dynamics and Dynamic Changes

Classification of Human Voices

Concepts Covered:

  • Vocal Types and Ranges
  • Soprano
  • Mezzo-Soprano
  • Contralto
  • Countertenor
  • Tenor
  • Baritone
  • Bass

Musical Instrument Families

Concepts Covered:

  • Classification of Musical Instruments
  • Orchestral Instruments
  • Strings
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • More Percussion
  • Keyboards

Musical Ensembles, Attending Concerts

Concepts Covered:

  • Chamber Music
  • Symphony Orchestras
  • Bands
  • Concert Etiquette
  • Concert Attendance Activity

The Middle Ages

Concepts Covered:

  • Overview of Medieval Music
  • Medieval Music Genres
  • Medieval Composers
  • Pythagoras
  • Neumes

The Renaissance

Concepts Covered:

  • The Renaissance
  • Renaissance Music
  • Early, Middle, and Late Renaissance Music
  • Instruments Used in Renaissance Music

The Baroque Era, J.S. Bach

Concepts Covered:

  • The Baroque Era
  • Art, Architecture, and Theater in the Baroque Era
  • Music in the Baroque Era
  • The Doctrine of Affections
  • J.S. Bach: His Works

Baroque Opera, Cantata, Oratorio, G.F. Handel

Concepts Covered:

  • Opera
  • Operatic Terminology
  • Cantata
  • Oratorio
  • G.F. Handel

Baroque Instrumental Music, A. Vivaldi

Concepts Covered:

  • Overview of Baroque Instrumental Music
  • Concerto
  • Suite
  • Fugue
  • Sonata
  • Themes and Variations
  • A. Vivaldi: His Life and Legacy
  • A. Vivaldi: His Works

The Classical Era, Classical Forms and Symphony, J. Haydn

Concepts Covered:

  • Overview of the Classical Era of Music
  • Classical Music Timeline
  • The Sonata Allegro Form
  • The Classical Symphony
  • The Classical Orchestra
  • F.J. Haydn

Classical Opera and Choral Music, W.A. Mozart

Concepts Covered:

  • Overview of Classical Opera
  • Italian Opera
  • German Opera
  • French Opera
  • English Opera
  • Classical Choral Forms
  • W.A. Mozart: His Life and Legacy

Classical Instrumental and Chamber Music, L. Beethoven

Concepts Covered:

  • Review of Classical Era Music
  • String Quartet
  • The Classical Concerto
  • The Classical Sonata
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

Romantic Period

Concepts Covered:

  • Romantic Music
  • Nationalism
  • Musical Nationalism
  • Franz Schubert: Biography
  • Franz Schubert: Der Erlkönig
  • Hector Berlioz: Biography
  • Mendelssohn: Biography
  • Chopin: Biography
  • Schumann: Biography
  • Brahms: Biography
  • Dvořák: Biography

Romantic Period: The Russian Handful

Concepts Covered:

  • The Russian Handful
  • Mussorgsky: Biography
  • Tchaikovsky: Biography
  • Wagner: Biography
  • Strauss: Biography
  • Mahler: Biography

20th Century

Concepts Covered:

  • New Directions in 20th Century Classical Music
  • Stravinsky: Biography
  • Stravinsky: Rite of Spring
  • Debussy: Biography
  • Ives: Biography
  • Copland: Biography
  • Copland: Rodeo

About the book

Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation is an exposition of the philosophy, principles, and materials of music from the Baroque Period to contemporary period with illustrative examples from the Baroque Period, Classical Period, Romantic Period, Contemporary Classical Music and Popular Music. The course is designed to give the student an appreciation of music by exposing them to many musical styles, composers, historical trends, as well as increasing their aural, verbal and writing skills in describing music.

About the authors:

Senior Contributing Authors

Natalia Kuznetsova, Tidewater Community College

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